Queensland talent shines through in TSP Carnivals

Football Queensland has seen more than 300 young male and female footballers take part in two Regional Talent Support Program (TSP) Carnivals across the weekend.

Based in Cairns and Rockhampton, the carnivals allowed emerging talent from Football Queensland’s development pathways to showcase their skills.

Endeavour Park and Frenchville Sports Club welcomed the brightest 13 to 16-year-old talent from Central Queensland, Mackay, North Queensland and Far North Queensland. Participants were able to demonstrate their attributes following their training from their respective areas.

FQ State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer was at Sunday’s landmark Rockhampton event and delighted to see the quality come through.

“The TSP fixtures at Frenchville Sports Club involved excellent teams from Magpies Crusaders FC and Central Queensland and also set some milestones in regional football,” Ganczer said.

“First of all, a representative junior football event returned to Central Queensland after almost a decade.

“The weekend also marked the first time that a regional Central Queensland girls squad selected from local club players performed in front of a home crowd.”

Seven sides from Central Queensland and Mackay were in action in Rockhampton, while another 10 from North Queensland and Far North Queensland were involved across two busy days in Cairns.

“The TSP Carnival in Cairns was a great experience,” Tom Laxton said, Football Queensland’s Lead Club Development Ambassador – Talent.

“We had a great showing from both regions in competitive matches. Individual talent was on show and there were some real standout performances from both the boys and girls.

“The event was well organised and the parents were well voiced in their support of the players.

“The referee team should also take great credit for the weekend. Every game I saw had a high standard of officiating. They were also well organised, educated and supported by the Junior Referee Coordinator Holly Goodchild.”

Football Queensland Central Operations Manager Kerry Gray was pleased to see high-standard representative football make its return to the region.

“The day ran smoothly and it was fantastic to see the development of the players and competitive nature of the games,” Gray said.

“Players and spectators were respectful of the COVID-19 regulations with many of them appreciating a regional event where they were not having to travel to larger metropolitan areas.”

Football Queensland has planned for the next TSP Carnivals to feature regional and metro state teams, scheduled to take place in Brisbane during the September school holidays.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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